MOJO for the Job Hunter
It costs so much to be a real human being. That there are very few who have the enlightenment or the courage to pay the price. One has to abandon altogether the search for security and reach out to the job of living with both arms. One has to embrace the world like a lover. One has to accept pain as a condition of existence. One has to court doubt and darkness as the cost of knowing. One needs a will stubborn in conflict but apt always to total acceptance of every consequence of living and dying. Morris L. West: “The Shoes of the Fisherman”
Do It Differently
- What are you doing now?
- What did you do for leisure time when you were working?
- When was the last time you took a course for the fun of it – art, woodworking, music?
- What community service do you do? Charity?
- Exercise? Sports?
- Have you re-visited your resume lately? Have you revised it?
- What about some new training? New ideas? Have you explored them?
Basic Ideas – Worth Repeating
- Get plenty of sleep – at least 8 hours a day
- Ambien, booze, all leave you feeling depressed – be careful.
- Exercise – don’t make it a chore – make it fun
- Nap in the afternoon if possible
- Socialize – make friends, have potlucks, picnics, whatever you can
- Hang out with children – they make you laugh and feel younger
- Pamper yourself – beach, bath, massage
- Pets – animals – volunteer to be a caretaker
- Personal Hygiene – critically important – as is your Professional Image
- Depression – Climb out of the well – Do not deny your emotions, care for them
- FUN FUN FUN Laughter and fun the very best medicine of all
Tips for Reducing Self-Induced and Unnecessary Stress
- Clarify your ethics
- Set realistic work priorities
- Treat people with kindness
- Stop taking offense at unimportant words
- Assume good will
- Perfection v. Excellence
Remember Your Marketing Tools
- Business Cards – with phone numbers and e-mail (Make them look good)
- Dress for the Interview possibility at all times – never know who is sitting next to you.
- 30 second, 60 second elevator pitch: Are they old and stale – need new ones?
- Resume up to date – always have a few of them with you
- Postcard sized marketing material to hand out
Find Your MOJO –
- Feeling healthy and looking good
- Doing things for others – get outside of your own needs
- Trying new things – new ideas, new people, new activities
- Buddy System
- Willingness to get out of your comfort zone and do new and exciting things.
Nothing in life just happens. It isn't enough to believe in something you have to have the stamina to meet obstacles and overcome them.to struggle. Golda Meir